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Is it acceptable to use tissue only when cleaning oneself after defecating?

Written By: irfny on December 28, 2011 39 Comments

Is it sufficient to use tissue only when cleaning oneself after defecating, or is it essential to use water?.
Praise be to Allaah.

After relieving oneself, it is obligatory to remove whatever najaasah (impurity) there is in that place, whether it is removed with water or something else, such as stones or paper or tissues, but using water is best.

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked: In Britain we use tissues and paper to clean ourselves in the bathroom; is it obligatory to use water after using tissues, or not?

They replied:

Praise be to Allaah alone, and blessings and peace be upon His Messenger and his family and companions.

It is permissible to use tissues and papers and the like to clean oneself, and that is sufficient if it is done properly and the place is cleaned, from front or back. But it is better if what is used for cleaning is odd-numbered, and it should not be less than three wipes. It is not essential to use water after that, but it is Sunnah. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad. End quote.

Shaykh

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